Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificates


A Series of 3 Tests

Test 1: Basic Skills Testing, PAPA or CORE (Choice of 1 of these series of tests)

Teacher Education Majors (TEMs) must pass through the Gate 1 by passing a series of Basic Skills assessments (much like the SAT- reading, writing, math). Four options may fulfill the Basic Skills assessment requirement. TEMs may take either the PAPA (Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment) OR the Praxis CORE (Core Academic Skills for Educators). The links in the chart below will link to the web page of the test provider. Here, students will sign up for the test. It is up to each student to decide which Basic Skills test to take (PAPA or Praxis CORE).PDE data shows a slightly higher success rate on the Praxis CORE through ETS (http://www.ets.org/praxis). It is recommended that students research both tests before making a decision- http://www.ets.org/praxis/pa/requirements/.Students may be exempt from taking the PAPA or the Praxis CORE if they have a qualifying score on the SAT (1550 with a minimum of 500 on each of the modules) or ACT (23 with a minimum of 22 in English/writing and 21 in Mathematics) test.The Basic Skills assessment is waived for all certificates (as of November 1, 2014), if the applicant completed an approved post-baccalaureate certification program or if a student holds a post-baccalaureate graduate level degree.

PDE has announced the following resource for basic skills test preparation: 
PAPA AND CORE CERTIFICATION PREP
Butler County Community College has added the CORE to their test preparation course. The next course starts June 1, 2015. This course is designed for both elementary and secondary education teacher candidates and teachers preparing to take the PAPA and CORE exams. The course focuses on all skills necessary to pass the tests in reading, writing, and math. The test Prep EDUC 111 online provides plenty of interaction with the instructor through submitted assignments, emails, and live Blackboard chats. Homework assignments are submitted to the instructor so the instructor can help students discover areas of strengths and weaknesses.For more information or to register go to:
http://www.bc3.edu/praxis/

Tests Required for All Licensure Areas

Educators applying for an initial undergraduate Instructional or Educational Specialist area license are required to pass a basic skills test.

To Be Certified in

You Need to Take

Test Code

Qualifying Score

All Areas, except for Vocational Education

Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)

(Reading 8001;Math 8002;Writing 8003) –a minimum score of 220 is required in each of these three areas.The minimum composite score is 193 (R), 197 (M), and 192 (W) respectively with a total composite score of 686.Candidates must achieve a Qualifying score in at least one PAPA area AND also reach the minimum Composite Score Total of 686 when all three test scores are added together.

or

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has authorized the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators tests as an alternative to the PAPA.Notice that the CORE also has 3 tests –Reading 5712; Writing 5722;and Math 5732 (see below)

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading

5712

156

and

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing

5722

162

And

Core Academic Skills for Educators: Mathematics (On-screen four-function calculator provided.)

5732

150

If you wish to take all three computer-delivered Core Academic Skills for Educators exams (5712, 5722, 5732) at the same time, select Core Academic Skills for Educators Combined Test (5751) when registering. Scores will be reported by individual test (5712, 5722, 5732).

Test 2: Content Area Testing, PECT or Praxis (depending on certification)

After successfully completing the Basic Skills assessment (first series of certification tests;either the PAPA or the Praxis CORE) and passing the other Gate I requirements (48 credit hours, 3.0 GPA, 3 credits of English Literature, 3 Credits of English Composition, 6 credits of mathematics, clearances, Introduction to Education), Teacher Education Certification Candidates (TECC) are on track to student teach.In order to student teach, Gate II requirements must be fulfilled.These requirements include a 3.0 GPA, clearances, and successful completion of coursework.Although not required until a student seeks certification, MU recommends that all students successfully pass the second series of Pennsylvania assessments (PECT or Praxis) directly before student teaching.Students seeking certification in Early Childhood Elementary Education PreK-4 or in both ECEE PreK-4 and Special Education PreK-8 will need to take the PECT exam (see chart below for specifics).Teacher Education Certification Candidates seeking K-12 certification or 7-12 certification will need to take the Praxis (see chart below for specifics).

Pennsylvania Instructional I Certificates: Second Series of PA Tests

PECT (PA Educator Certification Test) or Praxis Content Test(s)















http://www.pa.nesinc.com/

http://www.ets.org/praxis/pa




PA Educator Certification Tests

Praxis Content

PROGRAM
Subject Area
Area
Code
PECT
PreK-4 Test Code
Minimum
Passing
Score
PECT
Special Ed
PreK-8 Test Code
Minimum
Passing
Score
0511/5511
Fund Subjects
CONTENT
KNOWLEDGE
Minimum
Passing
Score
Specialty
Area
Test
Code
Minimum
Passing
Score

BM.ME Music Ed

Music K-12

7205





X

150

5113

158

BSE.AE Art Ed

Art K-12

1402





X

150

5134

158

BSE.CH Chemistry Ed

Chemistry 7-12

8420







5245

154

BSE.ECEE PreK - 4

PreK - 4

2825

Mod 1/8006 Mod 2/8807 Mod 3/8008

197 193 193







BSE.ECSE PreK - 4 &Special Ed

PreK - 4 &Special Ed Pre-K-8

2825&9226

Mod 1/8006 Mod 2/8807 Mod 3/8008

197 193 193

Mod 1/8011 Mod 2/8012

220 220





BSE.EN English Ed

English 7-12

3230







5038

167

BSE.ESS Earth & Space Sci Ed

Earth &Space Science 7-12

8440







5571

157

BSE.MA Mathematics Ed

Mathematics 7-12

6800







5161

160

Special Ed PreK-8 Added Only

Special Education PreK-8

9226



Mod 1/8011 Mod 2/8012

220

220





BSE.SSH History (Soc Stu) Ed

Social Studies 7-12

8875







5081

157












Reading Specialist

Reading Specialist K-12

7650





X

150

5301

164

Library Science

Library Science K-12

6420





X

150

5311

151

General Science

General Science 7-12

8450







5435

146













Please note that MU does not currently offer Special Education 7-12;this certification can only be added to an existing or 7-12 or aK-12 certification

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Test 3: Performance Based Assessment, Student Teaching

Student teaching is the final assessment (performance based) for Pennsylvania's Instructional I Certificate.Successful completion of student teaching is documented on the PDE430 form.This form represents the student's performance and is completed by the University supervisor twice (formative and summative) during student teaching.

Teacher Education Certification Candidates (TECC) who successfully complete student teaching and pass the two sets of assessments (as outlined above) will be able to apply for certification through TIMS (PDE's on-line application process) when they have met all of the Gate and course requirements.Information about the TIMS process can be found at

http://www.education.pa.gov/Teachers%20–%20Administrators/Certifications/Pages/default.aspx#.VZrWIzh7GUk

Students seeking to apply for certification should spend time reading about the application process prior to logging into TIMS.The above link will provide helpful information that will be needed to navigate TIMS.Please do not attempt to apply for certification through TIMS without first viewing the User's Guide provided (at the above link).It is important to record an accurate GPA on the certification application.Do not round the GPA. An incorrect GPA could potentially delay an application.Note: Students should not complete the TIMS application process until their degree is conferred.

For additional information concerning the online certification process (PDE/TIMS), please view this PowerPoint.